The Shining


Title: The Shining

Author: Stephen King (narrated by Campbell Scott)

Genre: Horror/Audio-book

Publication Date: 2005

Discs: 14 discs

Geographical Setting: Colorado and Rocky Mountains

Summary:  Jack Torrence lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Wendy, and young son, Danny.  Due to a recent incident involving alcohol and an extreme use of authority toward a student, Jack was fired from his teaching job at a local affluent high school.  Additionally, Danny has been talking to an imaginary boy that lives in his mouth, along with seeing terrifying visions that aren’t physically present.  However, Jack is soon offered a job as the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, an exclusive resort nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, and must live there the whole winter through in exclusion with his son and wife.  While living in alone in the hotel, Danny’s visions begin to mount as he begins to see corpses in the hotel, topiary animals come alive, and the word, “REDRUM” constantly flashes into his field of vision.  Jack also becomes increasingly irritable and emotionally isolated as he begins to see visions as well, but doesn’t admit it out loud as Danny does.  As the winter progresses, the Torrence family incurs the pressure of physical isolation from society, from the contact that they only have with each other, and from the torment of the suspicious feeling that someone or something is in the hotel with them.

Subject Headings: Horror, Audio-Book, Ghost Stories, ESP, Familial Relationships, Alcoholism, and Haunted Hotels.

Appeal: Suspenseful, thrilling, masculine, cryptic, macabre, hidden, superstitious, spine-chilling, frightening, gripping, character-centered, mother/son and father/son relationships, descriptive, and slow-paced.

3 terms that best describe this book: Eerie, wondrous, and nail-biting


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  2. Black Creek Crossing by John Saul (horror, young adults, suspense, familial relationships, haunted house/buildings, dark history, murder)
  3. The Resort by Bentley Little (haunted resort/building, horror story, familial relationships, evil forces, good vs. evil, father and son relationship, husbands and wives)


  1. ESP by Patricia D. Netzley (ESP, telepathy, paranormal activities)
  2. Haunted Hotels by Sarah Parvis (haunted hotels, murder, history, ghosts)
  3. Ozark Ghost Stories by Richard and Judy Dockrey (ghost stories, mountains, supernatural occurrences)



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